The purpose of the Office of Academic Enrichment (OAE) is to support student academic success and retention through interdisciplinary integration of proven academic strategy programs, co-curricular activities and academic support services. To accomplish this, OAE has created a network of partners, staff, instructors and tutors who communicate and collaborate with current and future students to create strong and focused learning environments that enable students to address issues, strengthen understanding and define and achieve educational goals.
In addition to academic pursuits, OAE is committed to assisting students in developing their professional skill set including a strong global awareness that is evident in their communication and interaction. Designated as the University's home department for the AVID for Higher Education initiative, OAE supports the continuation of the AVID construct from secondary education to higher education by providing an AVID based success course and tutoring.
The Office of Academic Enrichment is committed to preparing K-12 students through the AVID program, and exposure to higher education possibilities that will aide students to develop a culture of college readiness, by acting as a transitioning resource from high school to higher education through the delivery of a student-centered support system.
We provide a student-centered support system that goes beyond basic academic skill-building to address the student as a "whole person". The office of Academic Enrichment is devoted to increasing student self-confidence, self-efficacy, and self-motivation through mastery of moderately challenging tasks that balance academic rigor with academic and psychosocial support, i.e., curricular and co-curricular support provided by trained student-centered instructors, peer tutors/mentors, and academic advisors.
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The AVID for Higher Education (AHE) program began in the Fall of 2012. The planning and pilot began the 2011-2012 year and a selected TTU leadership team attended the AVID Summer Institute in Dallas that year to launch AHE at TTU.
Dr. F. Valle and Dr. M. Kiser completed a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board state grant for the program with the support of The Office of the Senior VP and Provost, Dr. J. Muñoz.
It was initiated through the 30 year documented success of AVID in K-12 schools across the country. The newly formed AVID for Higher Education division by AVID national office sought funding and partnership with colleges and universities across the U.S. Texas Tech was successfully grant funded to participate in the implementation of AHE in the second wave of funding by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The first year Dr. Michelle Kiser coordinated tutoring for AVID for HE students and the Learning Center in Holden Hall supported AHE academically. Four TTU Faculty and Staff, Dr. Charles Crews-Counseling, Dr. Narissra Punyanunt-Carter- Media Communications, Dr. F. Valle- Educational leadership and John Rivera-Asst. Academic Dean in Engineering, began as the first instructors to launch and teach the IS 1102 AVID for HE course.
The AHE was created to enrich and support the college success of first year and transfer students through high engagement strategies, active participation in university support services and the AVID for Higher Education system. The current IS 1102 AVID for College Success course was created as the official AHE course to serve and enrich students as they encountered new academic rigor at TTU. Currently, AVID for HE at TTU has a strong working partnership with AVID in Lubbock ISD with Dr. Beverly Finch. The number of AVID high schools keeps growing and resources, trainings, and celebrations are shared in an effort to strengthen the AVID P-20 pipeline.
The IS 1102 AVID for College Success sections are available every Fall and Spring to first year and transfer students. To date over 320 students have enrolled in the IS 1102 course at TTU and both academic coaches and tutors in the Learning Center have been trained to utilize AVID high engagement strategies. Currently the program is undergoing a transition of leadership and sustainability and will continue to grow under Kasaundra M. Garcia, Unit Coordinator of Academic Enrichment/AVID Texas Tech University Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement.